If you’re interested in window replacement for your house, you’re probably wondering which types of windows are best. Although a professional window company can go over all the different options that are available to homeowners, here’s a quick guide to one type: casement windows.
What Are Window Casements?
It’s very easy to determine whether your house uses casement windows with just one glance. These types of windows will open outward, instead of moving up and down. They will open with a crank and will have a hook lock to ensure that they’re closed securely.
There are a number of benefits of choosing these types of windows for your house. One of the biggest ones is that they can be opened at different angles, which allows homeowners to ‘catch’ a breeze, no matter which way the air is blowing outside. Other types, such as single or double hung, will only open up or down and this requires that the breeze is perfectly perpendicular to the screen to enter the home. If you have different casements throughout your home, it’s much easier to cool the inside of your home down using a cross breeze. Additionally, because the sash seals directly against the home, it allows more sunlight to enter the home and homeowners can have a less obstructed view of the outdoors.
Also, because the hook locking mechanism is actually embedded into the frame, it is more difficult to break into a house that uses these types of windows. However, with a double hung or single hung version, criminals can use a simple crowbar to apply pressure to the sash until the locking screws break. This can give a criminal quick access into your house, especially on the first floor.
A window company can provide you with an even more extensive list of the benefits of choosing these types — these are just a few of the advantages.
However, whenever there are advantages, there are also disadvantages. Because casements swing outside instead of simply moving up and down, the screen has to be placed on the inside of the home. This leaves the screens vulnerable to damage from children, pets, furniture and more. Additionally, this means that the screens can be more difficult to clean because they need to be removed completely before cleaning, unlike other screens, which can be simply sprayed with the hose when the windows are closed. Lastly, the sash can become damaged if it’s ever left open in the rain.
Before choosing the right type for your home, make sure to talk to a qualified window company. These companies can help walk you through the different advantages and disadvantages and help you determine which is the right choice for window replacement for your home. Whether you choose casements, double hung, single hung or another type, working with a window company can help ensure that the installation is done correctly and that you’re getting the very best product for your house.